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DR Congo taxi service puts women in the driver’s seat

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In the Democratic Republic of Congos capital of Kinshasa, the first all-female, high-end taxi service is putting women exclusively in the driver's seat, challenging what traditionally has been a male-dominated area of the transport sector. Launched by a businesswoman two years ago, the service has been so successful it is now setting up an academy to train up to 100 drivers. FRANCE 24 has this report.


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On any given day in Kinshasa, women can be seen behind the wheel of a number of bright pink cars whizzing around the city streets. These cars belong to a ride-hailing service, Ubizcabs, which is the brainchild of Patricia Nzolantima. The Harvard-educated entrepreneur has big ambitions for the company and the women she employs.

“Ever since I became an entrepreneur, I've always invested in women, because I believe in women," Nzolantima says. "I believe that African women will succeed where men have failed. Believe me: Put women in positions of power, and they'll change the world."

One client, Christelle Dibata says Ubizcabs are a more comfortable and safer way of getting around.

"I've always been a bit scared to drive in Kinshasa because it's complicated," she told FRANCE 24. "But seeing a woman behind the wheel, it really gives you confidenRead More – Source




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